It’s a few days away from Valentine’s Day and I have partnered up with la Vie en Rose and my good friend Alan Law who is an incredible makeup artist to share about this love story. Just to give you a heads up, this is not a regular love story. Boy didn’t meet girl. They didn’t fall in love. But it is a must-read love story that I hope will give you a new perspective on what we often define as ‘Love’. When la Vie en Rose asked me to be involved with their campaign for Valentine’s, I immediately thought of this person. Before I start telling you more, I want to give a huge shout out to la Vie en Rose and Alan Law for making this post way more beautiful than what I was visioning.
The person that I want to talk about in my love story today is ME. I want to talk about ME and I want to talk about how important it is to love yourself first before you can love anyone else.
Why Is Loving Yourself So Important?
Love Story Lesson#1:
Because You Need You More Than Anyone Else:
I didn’t really understand what this means until I was sent off to Toronto, Canada for school when I was only 16. Alone in a new country that was so far from where I was born and raised, I felt like I didn’t really belong anywhere. I had to go through a hard time trying to find out who I was and what I stood for. I had to learn a lot of things by myself. I had to grow and be mature faster than my friends at my age.
One day, I was walking past a Thai restaurant in my neighbourhood and saw the “NOW HIRING” sign. I decided to walk in and talked to the manager. It was totally out of my comfort zone. I told him I didn’t have any experience but I was willing to learn and work hard. The manager was nice enough to hire me.
I started to learn how to speak more English. I carried a small book with me to work so I could write down the words that I didn’t understand and looked them up in the dictionary after my shift. I learned a lot from other girls who were also waitressing there. Being the youngest there, I was also bullied a lot. I was always given the shitty shifts of the week. Some days I had to work from open to close all by myself. I cried a couple times on my way home from work. I couldn’t tell my parents because I didn’t want to make them worried. Let’s be realistic! What difference does it make when they were halfway around the world away from me?
That was also when I realized that, at the end of the day, the only person you can rely on is yourself.
Love Story Lesson#2:
Because When You Love Yourself And Know Your Worth, Beautiful Things Start To Happen
As I grew older, I learned to feel more comfortable with myself and my own skin. I started to explore the world of makeup and fashion. My first makeup item was an eyeliner. Boy, it was harder than I thought to have your eyeliner on fleek. I started to watch those Youtube makeup tutorial videos and started to build up my makeup collection. I never thought that one day, I could use makeup and my blog as a way to empower other girls and women around me but I did.
Today, I partially own one of the most talked about cosmetics brands out there on social media called MOTIVES. I also own a business where I help women who are in fitness and beauty industry build their online empire (Visit LIPSTICK & MUFFIN MEDIA for more details)
The more I learned to love my own self, the more I realize how powerful style and makeup could be to a woman. There is something very fascinating and interesting when a woman put on her favorite lingerie and makeup items because she wants to and not because she needs to impress anybody.
Love Story Lesson#3:
Because You Can’t Love Others If You Can’t Love Yourself
Ever spoke to a person with a lot of relationship problems and they can’t really figure out what’s wrong with them? Most likely they are not happy with themselves either.
Having a good relationship with yourself is so important. I truly believe that you are who you attract. If you are not happy with yourself, you will also attract the people who are not happy with themselves. As my relationship with myself started to improve, I also saw a change in my relationships with others. I slowly detoxed my list of friends and opened space for more positive energy and amazing friends and mentors to come to my life.
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